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Brandon town manager resigns

Posted on March 21, 2013 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Brandon Town Manager Keith Arlund’s resignation, effective this weekend, is a surprising and sudden move that has left the selectboard in shock.

Arlund submitted a letter of resignation during the board’s executive session during a March 11 meeting.

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OV's Enright wins Vt. Brain Bee, places 15th at nationals

Posted on March 18, 2013 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BURLINGTON — Nora Enright gives new meaning to being a “brain.”

The Otter Valley Union High School sophomore won the fourth annual Brain Bee at the University of Vermont College of Medicine on Feb. 9. The 15-year-old was one of 30 students from eight Vermont high schools competing in the written, practical and oral examination testing their knowledge of the human brain.

By beating out her mostly older competition, Enright, of Pittsford, won a travel stipend to go to Baltimore and represent Vermont in the National Brain Bee on March 2-4.

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Brandon moves closer to hosting a marijuana dispensary

Posted on March 14, 2013 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The Development Review Board in Brandon has acted quickly on a controversial application to establish a medical marijuana dispensary in Brandon, granting a permit last week and opening the door to an appeal.

The move came just a few days after Brandon residents voiced their concerns about a pot dispensary at a well-attended town meeting.

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Local man chops and saws his way to lumberjack crown

Posted on February 21, 2013 |
By Lee Kahrs



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BRANDON — Brandon can boast great community spirit, the best water in the state, and now, the first Ironjack.

Brandon native Garrett Gregorek, son of Derek and Liz Gregorek, won the first Collegiate Ironjack World Championships last month, a test of lumberjack skills hosted by the LumberJack Feud in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

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Brandon may host medical marijuana dispensary

Posted on February 7, 2013 |
By Lee Kahrs (Brandon Reporter)



BRANDON — Brandon may be the site of the next medical marijuana dispensary in the state of Vermont.

Alexandra Ford of Rutland County Organics has been in negotiation with Chuck Mitchell Properties regarding the lease of a 6,700-square-foot building at 84 Lover’s Lane in Brandon. Built in 2008, the structure housed a wood furniture manufacturing facility operated by Mitchell until late last year.

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OVUHS sets budget with 2.3 percent spending hike

Posted on February 4, 2013 |
By Lee Kahrs



BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union School Board has approved a $10,542,068 spending plan for the 2013-2014 fiscal year that represents a 2.3 percent increase. Officials attributed the marginal increase to some creative shifting of personnel and the possible use of a reserve fund for computer equipment.

The proposed budget amounts to a $209,518 increase over the current year’s spending plan.

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Landlords vulnerable in drug war; wary of tenants who deal drugs

Posted on January 24, 2013 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The drug problem in Vermont has long economic fingers that have gripped the state. Drug abuse increases police budgets and raises taxes. It is a public health issue and increases insurance premiums. It adds to the prison population, and therefore, the state corrections budget. It contributes to the high school dropout rate. It feeds poverty. It destroys families. It breaks hearts.

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Schools review safety protocols in wake of tragedy

Posted on December 20, 2012 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Like the rest of the nation, Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union Superintendent John Castle is still reeling from news of the unthinkable school shooting in Newtown, Conn., last Friday that killed 26, including 20 first-graders.

“This is one of those things that shakes you to the core,” Castle said of the massacre, where six adults including the school’s principal were also killed. “It’s your worst nightmare as an educator.”

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Brandon OKs funds for business incubator

Posted on November 21, 2012 |
By Lee Kahrs



BRANDON — The Brandon selectboard has approved a $53,700 loan that will help create incubator space for start-up businesses and expand a local fiber mill’s operations.

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Carolyn Shattuck art exhibition set for Brandon café

Posted on November 12, 2012 |
By Addison Independent



BRANDON — A new show of original works by local artist Carolyn Shattuck is now open at Brandon Music Café, 62 Country Club Road, Brandon.

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